cyberbullying research center   "When i first joined Facebook i went on an app called bathroom wall... i honestly thought it was just a place where people talked about random stuff, but boy was i wrong. It turns out it is a app designed specifically for gossip. I figured that out when i went on once and there was a chat group about me. it said up to 30 mean and hateful things, and at some points i just cried and cried, wondering what in the world i had ever done. the worst part was that it was all from " anonymous" senders. I remember quite clearly feeling horribly alone and i hope it'll never happen again." (12 year-old girl from Canada)
...identifying the causes and consequences of cyberbullying
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Dealing with Cyberbullying
1.
Which of the following can be considered "cyberbullying"?
A. Sending harassing text messages
B. Creating mean web sites
C. Posting embarrassing pictures of someone else online without their permission
D. Threatening someone on Facebook
E. All of the above

2.
A person can do the following when he or she is being bullied online:
A. Sign off from or leave the chatroom or instant message conversation
B. Block the bully's messages
C. Ignore the bully
D. Tell an adult
E. All of the above

3.
How can you find out if there is any personal information about you on the Internet?
A. Ask a stranger
B. Ask your parents
C. Google yourself
D. Call the police
E. You can't find out, it is impossible

4.
You should call the police if which of the following happens to you online:
A. Someone threatens your safety
B. Someone threatens your family's safety
C. Someone tries to set up a face-to-face meeting with you
D. Someone pressures you to do something illegal
E. All of the above

5.
Which of the following is the best way to protect your personal information while online?
A. Set your MySpace and Facebook page to "private"
B. Only tell your friends your passwords
C. Don't ever put any personal information online
D. Only post private information on web sites that you trust
E. All of the above

6.
A person can do the following when he or she feels like bullying others:
A. Turn off the computer
B. Journal/write the situation down on paper
C. Call a friend for emotional support
D. All of the above
E. None of the above

7.
What are some ways that digital evidence of cyberbullying can be collected and used to get an adult to discipline the bully?
A. Instant messaging logs
B. Screenshots taken of offending web pages
C. Tracing the identity of an email sender
D. Analyzing computer hard drives and flash memory cards in phones and cameras
E. All of the above

8.
Which of the following would be the most secure password for an online site?
A. "computer"
B. "cow"
C. "$trawb3rry"
D. "5555555555"
E. "football37"

9.
What should you do if you see someone else being cyberbullied?
A. Report it to an adult
B. Support the person who is being bullied
C. Stand up to the bully
D. Save any digital evidence (make screenshots, printouts, etc.)
E. All of the above

10.
Which of the following should you do if you are cyberbullied:
A. Think that it is your fault
B. Keep it to yourself
C. Try to resolve it yourself, and then tell an adult if you are unsuccessful
D. Skip school
E. Fight back

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"Dr. Sameer Hinduja educated Williston students on Tuesday (and a gathering of parents the evening before) about the clear and present dangers of teenage use of social media. An expert in his field, Dr. Hinduja's deceptively youthful appearance gained him quick credibility with our students—a hip college professor connects well with those in middle and upper school. One aspect of his message was not especially new: Electronic postings last a lifetime even if "taken down" from original sites. Yet the advice he gave students was newly framed for them. Dr. Hinduja also focused as well on the world of cyberbullying, interspersing his lecture with YouTube videos made by teens who have suffered from the humiliating effects of campaigns waged against them." Robert W. Hill, Head of Schools, Williston Northampton School, Easthampton, MA
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